Teenage Eating Disorders Doubled During The Pandemic

Teenage Eating Disorders Doubled During The Pandemic

The lockdowns, alienation, and constant worry and terror associated with COVID-19 have resulted in an increase in mental health issues among kids and teens during the pandemic. A fresh report has been released.

During the pandemic, pediatric emergency department visits due to mental health disorders soared, according to a Trusted Source from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

From March to October 2020, the percentage of psychological health visits amongst children aged 5 to 11 climbed by 24%, and among teenagers aged 12 to 17 increased by 31%.

In teenage girls, the percentage of ER visits attributable to eating problems increased. Furthermore, fears of having or transmitting COVID-19 may have encouraged some individuals with mental health problems to postpone seeking diagnosis and treatment at the onset of the pandemic, causing symptoms to deteriorate.

Signs Your Child May Have An Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that have the potential to wreak havoc on your child’s health. While people with eating disorders might hide their behaviors from family and friends, sometimes the warning signs are evident:

1.Sudden weight loss or gain. The most obvious sign of an eating disorder is a change in weight. If your child is losing or gaining a significant amount of weight without trying, you should talk to them about it. But be careful – people with eating disorders may lie about their weight or insist they’re not sick (even if they’re dangerously thin).

2.Changes in behavior during mealtimes. Eating can be a stressful situation for people with eating disorders. You might notice they go to great lengths to avoid eating or becoming anxious when around food (for example, refusing to eat at restaurants). Another sign is spending an excessive amount of time preparing meals (for example, cutting food into tiny pieces).

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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